Obama: Possible Victory for Rational Thought

Right now, we are excruciatingly close to historic deal. Pres. Obama and the White House may have done something that no one thought they could do, force the Iranian government into a verifiable nuclear deal. At first glance, this deal appears to have everything that we want. We want to have intrusive inspections where we can verify that Iran is holding up their end of the bargain. Secondly, we want to have a deal in which the international community is overwhelmingly supportive. We have that. (Even Russia’s on board.) I hesitate to be too exuberant but… Damn, this really looks good.

From the New York Times:

The preliminary agreement between Iran and the major powers is a significant achievement that makes it more likely Iran will never be a nuclear threat. President Obama said it would “cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon.”

Officials said some important issues have not been resolved, like the possible lifting of a United Nations arms embargo, and writing the technical sections could also cause problems before the deal’s finalization, expected by June 30. Even so, the agreement announced on Thursday after eight days of negotiations appears more specific and comprehensive than expected.

It would roll back Iran’s nuclear program sufficiently so that Iran could not quickly produce a nuclear weapon, and ensure that, if Iran cheated, the world would have at least one year to take preventive action, including reimposing sanctions. In return, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations would lift sanctions crippling Iran’s economy, though the timing of such a move is yet another uncertainty.

Iran would shut down roughly two-thirds of the 19,000 centrifuges producing uranium that could be used to fuel a bomb and agree not to enrich uranium over 3.67 percent (a much lower level than is required for a bomb) for at least 15 years. The core of the reactor at Arak, which officials feared could produce plutonium, another key ingredient for making a weapon, would be dismantled and replaced, with the spent fuel shipped out of Iran.

Mr. Obama, speaking at the White House, insisted he was not relying on trust to ensure Iran’s compliance but on “the most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regime ever negotiated for any nuclear program.”

Let’s be clear, this is exactly what we want the president of the United States to do. This was a bold move in the face of ridiculous, silly and petty criticism. Congratulations to Barack Obama, John Kerry, the international community and many others. Now, before we continue to break out and are happy dance let’s see what the final agreement looks like.

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